Gold Tone - AC-5 Beginner Bluegrass Banjo

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Gold Tone AC-5 Beginner Bluegrass Banjo

Hi, it's Ross Nickerson
The Gold Tone AC 5  is a perfect design to land this banjo in the "best beginner banjo prices" category with superior wood neck intonation and bright tone than any other banjo in it's price range. I remember the old harmony composite banjos from the 70's that had a surprising good tone. When a new student would arrive with one of the composite harmony banjos I was always relieved. The sounded so much better than the 30 bracket design Korean beginner banjos ((that are unfortunately still around like the Wasburn B-90). Ever notice how real banjo companies, banjos designed by people who play banjo like Gold Tone, Recording King, Deering, don't make those thin fret board 30 bracket banjos.

When I heard about bringing back this design I though oh good, but expected something like the 70's Harmony. Oops, not even close, these are way way better. They have a wood neck and the intonation is as spot on as the expensive bluegrass banjos I perform with. The body is of much higher quality too and the tone was great. I mean that too. This is a great banjo and a lot of banjo for the cost. The pictures don't really do it justice. I recommend them or I wouldn't carry them.

Here is Goldtones description of the AC 5's creation

Note: The Gold Tone AC 5 is a completely different banjo from the Gold Tone AC 1. It has a blonde maple neck and a different body and resonator.

We “borrowed" the composite body idea from RainSong and Ovation, and discovered an efficient method for producing a wonderful, bright, loud sounding 5-string banjo at an unbelievable price. Includes standard transferable warranty

The AC-5 Resonator Banjo may stray a bit from the traditional wood body banjo design, but it packs a punch like no other and will stand up against any banjo in it's price range. The rim and resonator are molded from a composite material that is as long, consistent, and durable. 

Whether you are new to the banjo and looking for an affordabe model to get started on, or you seek the ultimate travel banjo, this banjo packs more than enough heat to echo through the hills and shine in any campfire jam

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Best beginner Banjo Book Free - Beginning the Five String Banjo - 64 Page Spiral Bound Book
           with DVD and 2 CDs by Ross Nickerson

  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase Free 1 YR Access to our Silver Members Lesson Site
  • Professional Banjo Set Up Professional Banjo Set up
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase Free Padded Gig Bag Case
  • Free US Banjo Shipping Free US Banjo Shipping
  • FREE Zero Glide Nut Installation ($75 value)
  • Shipping a Banjo Overseas from the US $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  • Best Banjo Prices, Price Matching and Serivce Price Matching or Questions 1-866-322-6567

FREE ITEMS don't add to our normal discount price which is the lowest price we are allowed to advertise by the Manufacturer.

Banjos come set up and ready to play
Each banjo is played before it leaves the shop!
Along with the strict quality control that Goldtone is known for and the banjos being checked very carefully before being shipped, each banjo is given a 12 point inspection, full head tuning, setup and will arrive tuned and ready to play Beginner Banjo Package Deal

Our Beginner Banjo Package includes a Comprehensive 64 page Beginner Banjo Book with a two hour beginner banjo DVD and two audio CDs. You also receive a set of banjo picks, a clip-on chromatic banjo tuner, a spare set of banjo strings and a banjo strap.
Add 5 Piece Beginner Banjo Package $25 - Retail value $79.00

Call us with questions anytime
10AM to 10PM at 1-866-322-6567 or contact-us


  • No - Free Padded Gig Bag is OK
  • YES - Substitute Official Gold Tone Hard Case $119
  • NO - Planetary Tuning Pegs
  • YES - Install Planetary Tuning Pegs $49
  • NO - Beginner Package
  • YES - Add Ross Nickerson Beginner Package $25
  • NO - Not a Lefty
  • YES - Left Handed - No Extra Charge
  • NO- Gold Tone Ultimate Mute
  • YES - Add Mute at Discounted price - 19.40

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Zero Glide Nut Installed FREE
All Gold Tone Banjos from now come with the Zero Glide Nut installed FREE
The Zero Glide makes the banjo action easier to play, increases the sound clarity and is a significant improvement for any banjo. Installation by a professional is normally done at a cost of $75 or more. It's now installed FREE on all Gold Tone Banjos.
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Aug 27, 2022
This banjo exceeded my expectations it plays and sounds great! Ross is great to order from he took the time and answered all my questions. Thanks again Slate

Oct 8, 2019
The playability and the sound it projects is tremendous
Hi Ross, I just wanted to tell you how happy I am with the Gold Tone AC-5 Banjo. The playability and the sound it projects is tremendous. I received it on Tuesday and I am already playing through the rolls in the book. Your instruction book, DVD and CD's have helped me ensure I am holding and picking the correct way. I am going to purchase your "Banjo Encyclopedia" as I think this would be the natural progression for me to follow when I have thoroughly gone through the "Beginning Banjo" book. I am so glad I came across your website when I was searching for a banjo. Regards! Tim

Jul 3, 2018
Gold Tone AC-5 arrived!
Ross, My new Gold Tone AC-5 just arrived yesterday and it took everything I had from leaving work early to pick it up at the UPS store. I'm very glad you steered me towards that direction of buying it instead of the other one I had in mind. It plays beautifully and with your instruction books and videos it will be just what I need to get me from a "wanna-be" to a "gonna-be" banjo picker. I'm over the moon happy and give you and the AC-5 my highest endorsement! Keep on pick'n!

May 19, 2018
Thanks again!
Hi Ross,The Banjo arrived yesterday and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks again! Jerry

Aug 22, 2017
S String Banjo
I have really a good experience with Gold Tone AC 5 banjo. It's sound. Its functions are quite amazing. And buying it from you guys make it awesome. Thanks for your silver online classes or Beginning Book/DVD/CDs. Thanks!

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